June 2, 2008 (AFP) – Heavy monsoon rains have killed seven people and driven 73,000 from their homes across Sri Lanka, the island’s disaster management centre said Monday.
The centre’s emergency relief director, Brigadier N.B. Weregama, said that soldiers, navy and airforce personnel had been deployed to ferry the displaced to nearby schools, temples, churches and other public buildings.
State and private charities were helping feed the displaced.
Some roads in the capital and in worst-hit central and southern Sri Lanka have been rendered impassable, he added. The government has allocated 15 million rupees (140,000 dollars) to assist the displaced people, disaster relief services minister Rishard Badurdeen told reporters.